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Leave us alone, MPs tell CIC

15 June 2015, 14:49 Arap Yego

Nairobi - Two nominated MPs Johnson Sakaja and Isaac Mwaura have asked Kenyans not to make the rejection of Monica Juma as Secretary to the Cabinet by parliament a gender issue and absolved their colleagues from blame.

The legislators said the decision by MPs to reject President Uhuru Kenyatta’s nominee should be respected because it was informed by the conduct of Dr Juma’s in handling the lawmakers.

Speaking on Saturday during the commemoration of The International Albinism Awareness Day, Sakaja who termed the rejection as unfortunate noted that Parliament has in the past approved six women and there was no way they would discriminate Juma based on her gender.

“The issue most our colleagues had was with the particular nominee on a specific issues which is now in public domain,”  said Sakaja.

The TNA nominated MP criticized the Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution (CIC) for terming the rejection of Juma as an abuse of office and threatening to go to court over the issue.

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Sakaja asked the state agency to instead concentrate in its mandate.

“CIC should stick to its core mandate. It’s the same constitution which they are implementing that gave Parliament powers to either approve or disapprove a nominee. Just because they are displeased with Parliament decision should not make them threaten to go to court,” said Sakaja, who noted that he didn’t support the rejection of Juma in the first place, but he now respects the decision of majority of his colleagues.

Mwaura said other women nominees by President Kenyatta have been approved by parliamentarians from across the political divide, but Juma should blame her poor people-handling skills for her rejection.

“Human resource practitioners say that if you want to succeed in life, 77 percent of your success depends on your soft skills on how you deal with people, how you communicate with them. If you do not want deal with people well, more so MPs who are representatives of the people, you do not deserve any position,” said Mwaura.

The ODM MP noted that the MPs are not ‘rubberstamps’ and said the fact that Juma was rejected even by MPs allied to Jubilee should be a testament that majority of the legislators had no faith in her.

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